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A blog comment about the yellow vest riots

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Mike Street Station replying to PerezHBD:

“Imagine the news headlines if Putin used tear gas on his own people and jailed 700 protesters. Sometimes being on the same side as the Establishment really does come in handy.”

That’s true. The US news coverage of the riots in France has been limited and very matter of fact. The establishment covering for the establishment. But a similar thing happening in Russia would be news at hysteria level 11.

For that matter, border agents using tear gas on foreigners illegally trying to enter the United States and throwing rocks causes hysteria to be dialed up to 11. But no problem with Macron using tear gas on his own citizens.

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December 9, 2018 at EST pm

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Who are the guys in the yellow vests?

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And how did they become so organized and so devoted to whatever they are protesting about?

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December 3, 2018 at EST am

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Jews love Donald Trump (if they live in Israel)

In Israel, however, 69 percent of Israelis express confidence in Trump’s leadership. If you assume that hardly any Israeli Arabs (21 percent of the population) share that confidence, that’s a roughly 85 percent approval rating among Israeli Jews.

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October 29, 2018 at EST am

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New York Times admits that Khashoggi is Muslim Brotherhood

In the NY Times:

Several of his friends say that early on Mr. Khashoggi also joined the Muslim Brotherhood.

Although he later stopped attending meetings of the Brotherhood, he remained conversant in its conservative, Islamist and often anti-Western rhetoric, which he could deploy or hide depending on whom he was seeking to befriend.

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Many of Mr. Khashoggi’s friends say that throughout his career of service to the monarchy, he hid his personal leanings in favor of both electoral democracy and Muslim Brotherhood-style political Islam.

Remember, the goal of the Muslim Brotherhood is “The introduction of the Islamic Shari`ah as the basis controlling the affairs of state and society.”

This is not a quote from some right-wing op-ed, this is a quote from the Muslim Brotherhood’s own English-language website.

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October 14, 2018 at EST pm

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Saudi Arabia

I really appreciate the Trump administration’s realpolitik. Obama would be doing something stupid right now if he were president. Trump understands that all Islamic countries in the Middle East are run by scum, but we need to support the scum who are on our side.

The guy who was killed, Jamal Khashoggi, was a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the Muslim Brotherhood are not the good guys. Secularists are the good guys. Saudi Arabia has been shifting to moderate Islam, so they are moving in the right direction. Trump is wise to try to downplay this incident.

Nevertheless, the Saudi Arabians did a really stupid thing here.

For the record, I support the right of free speech, and I worry that extreme leftists in the United States, like Antifa people, will start doing to people they call “alt-right” what Saudi Arabia did to Khashoggi.

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Also, remember that half a million people died in the Syrian civil war. Much safer to live in Saudi Arabia where the secret police kill only a tiny fraction of that number. Which doesn’t mean that I approve of what Saudi Arabia did.

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October 12, 2018 at EST am

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How Icelandic schools equalize the genders

In Iceland (possibly the world’s whitest country?), there are schools that try to equalize the genders by having the boys stay indoors and play with dolls, while the girls do outdoor activities like climb trees.

Elia climbed onto the table in front of her classmates. She threw her fists into the air and jumped on to the blue mats below.

“I am strong,” the 3-year-old said, her eyes alight with pride and exhilaration.

On the other side of this nursery school in the chic neighborhood of Laufásborg, boys were practicing having “gentle hands” by massaging each other with lotion.

Interesting. I wonder how this will turn out? Probably just fine for the girls, but the boys will be at a severe disadvantage later in life when they have to compete with boys who attended normal schools. Even the macho girls raised at these gender-equalizing schools won’t be sexually interested in these sissy boys.

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October 10, 2018 at EST am


Huge number of servers, manufactured by Supermicro, and used by major companies and the government, have chips secretly installed into the motherboards that allow Chinese cyberspies to infiltrate them and steal secrets.

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I was totally prophetic when I wrote the following (about Russia sending a few emails to Wikileaks) in December 2016 when Obama was still president and releasing info to harm Trump:

There is certainly a huge overreaction to this, making as if it’s the worst thing that a foreign country ever did to the United States, as if we aren’t also secretly hacking other countries to gather intelligence, and as if we don’t try to influence elections in other countries. Sending a few emails to Wikileaks is more like a college prank than a grave national threat. The government should be a lot more worried about the billion Yahoo accounts stolen by hackers. In fact, I am absolutely sure that our intelligence agencies know about worse hacks, but they are kept classified and not leaked to the press because they don’t serve any liberal anti-Trump propaganda narrative.

The massively worse hack that our intelligence agencies knew about and have been keeping secret until now has finally been revealed.

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And on the same day that Bloomberg releases this stunning investigative report, Mike Pence will explain before the U.N. how China is has been trying to undermine the 2018 elections and get more Democrats elected.

Pence will assert that China’s actions surpass those of Russia in trying to shape American opinion. He will say an intelligence official told him that what “the Russians are doing pales in comparison to what China is doing across this country.”

Prediction: Mainstream media won’t have even one-tenth the concern about China that it mustered against Russia.

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October 4, 2018 at EST am

Venice is full of graffiti

Google street view.

Just about every wall is tagged with graffiti. And I thought New York City is bad. Hard to believe that Venice has a much worse graffiti problem than New York.

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September 21, 2018 at EST pm

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Where are the Japanese women with muscles?

Remember this article in the NY Times from 11 years ago?

Here’s a quote:

Both Shirakawa and his girlfriend like the fact that she weighs more than he does, and is the leader of the couple. “She’s a lot stronger than I am, can lift heavy things and go drinking until dawn. I admire that about her, and feel protected when I’m around her,” he said

And then I waited for the re-ordering of Japanese society predicted by the article, and it never happened. Outside of this article, Japanese girls remained very skinny. It’s almost as if the writer for the NY Times article made up a completely non-existent trend.

But Japanese celebrity, pro-wrestler and J-pop singer Reika Saiki finally got the message!

Maybe the trend predicted by the NY Times is finally coming true a decade later.

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September 11, 2018 at EST pm

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Museum fire in Brazil

Not the first museum fire in a crappy third-world country. Two years ago, a fire destroyed the Natural History Museum in New Delhi.

I conclude that crappy third-world countries are too corrupt and mismanaged to be allowed to keep irreplaceable artifacts. They should be moved to safer first-world countries.

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September 5, 2018 at EST am

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